The enactment of tax reform legislation will have far-reaching consequences for businesses and individuals. Finance budget is changed every year in the month of February by the government which are generally applicable to the next following financial year beginning from April 1st unless otherwise specified. As we are stepping ahead towards the beginning of a new financial year (“FY”) 2019-20, various amendments and provisions under Income- tax and GST (Goods and service tax) laws are regulated which shall be applicable from April 1, 2019.
Emendations to Income tax Act
- Section 87A rebate
An amount of INR 2,500 is raised
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Tax is the primary compulsory public contribution of government revenue where finance data may have a direct impact on taxes triggering a company’s operations, risks or opportunities. Taxation could change radically as with effect from April 1, 2019 of the financial year, the taxman will begin looking into 360-degree profiles of Indian taxpayers. Tax evasion is an unethical action which results biased income distribution and a halt to the stability of economy. It is usually associated with informal economy. But now, life will be a change for the taxpayers whose spending patterns don’t match their earning declarations. A range of … Read more
The thrust of framing amendments in Income Tax Act (“IT Act”) was on social infrastructure, ease of living, and technology-led governance aiming at inclusive and equitable growth which means greater public expenditure. With the following trends of market, IT Act ought to be updated from time and onwards. Following are the amendments made to the IT Act with effect from assessment year 2019-20:
- Conversion of stock-in-trade into capital asset
In accordance with section 2 (24), a new sub-clause (xiia) has been appended, stating fair market value of inventory to be included in income.
- Modification in terms of employment
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Concept of angel tax in India is gaining immense importance with each passing day. To keep abreast with the dynamism of market, government of India is persistently making amends in already existing provisions from time-to-time. For detailed information on tax relief provided to angel investors, visit Angel tax relief to startups.
Adding to the list of amendments, government has introduced certain changes at a roundtable organized on February 2019 under the chairmanship of Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT). At this roundtable, Minister of Commerce and Industry, India along with few officials took up raging issues … Read more
Transfer pricing concept has gained immense importance over the past few years. Rules and methods used for pricing of transactions among endeavors under common control are generally the basis forming transfer pricing. Transfer pricing has gained importance in diverse business enterprises because of requirement of reporting of financial information by segment and related party transactions as focused in the International Accounting Standard (IAS 14 & IAS 24) and Accounting Standard (AS 17 & AS 18).
Concept of transfer pricing
Transfer pricing on the whole cite to prices of transactions between associated enterprises which may be carried out under conditions different … Read more
Any person or persons residing temporarily or permanently in a country that is different from their home country or country of citizenship is referred to as an expat. Taxation of such expat employees involves a slightly different computation than the tax computed for a regular employee of an Indian organization.
Foreign expat in India
For any foreign expatriate working in India, the salary is deemed as earned in India if they are paid for services rendered in India. This is based on Section 9(1) (ii) of the Indian Income Tax Act. This rule is applicable irrespective of the resident status … Read more
Angel funds refers to a money pool created by high net worth individuals or companies, generally called as angel investors, for investing in business startups. Various startups founder claimed that they received notice under section 56(2) (vii) (b) of Income Tax Act (“Act”) from Income Tax Department (“Department”) to pay taxes on angel funds raised by them. Entrepreneurs have raised their concern on such tax notices. However, India is likely to soon announce the concessions to shield startups from the angel taxes. The changes will be made to the conditions specified under section 56(2) (vii) (b) of the Act to … Read more
Transfer pricing documentation and CbCR are provided by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). These reports benefit and enable development for multinational enterprises (MNE’s) by leaps and bounds.
CbCR will include details of global profit allocations, taxes paid and economic activity indicators in countries in which the multinational organizations operate. This implies that CbCR will have significant transparency and illuminate technical, operational and systemic challenges that any business faces.
In order to compile such a detailed report, there must be an engagement at the Board level. Senior management will have to step in at the early stages itself … Read more
What is Income Tax?
A tax imposed on taxable income or profits of persons (whether individual, firm, company, Artificial Juridical Person, Association of Persons, Body of Individuals or Local Authority). Taxation rates may vary by type or characteristics of tax payers.
Tax trend followed in India:
In India, two types of tax trends are followed:
- Progressive Rates: When the tax rate increases as the taxable income increases.
- Proportional Rates: When the tax rates are uniform, irrespective of the person or their incomes.
Income tax in itself is a vast concept and cannot be understood in entirety by a layman, so … Read more
Over the past few years, the number of transfer pricing audits has been increased and aggressive positions have been adopted by the Indian Revenue Authority, which has contributed to long drawn and protracted litigation. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) signed nine unilateral advance pricing agreements (APAs) with Indian taxpayers in July, this year, as it looks to reduce litigation by providing certainty in transfer pricing.
The APA program is designed to avoid the conflict arising in an audit and to nurture more effective communication between taxpayers and the Indian Revenue Authority, by helping both the parties to focus … Read more
The residential status under Income Tax law plays a vital role while considering taxation of certain incomes of an Individual. It is not related to citizenship of a country.
The residential status of a person is required to be determined for each assessment year in order to ascertain the scope of his total income. The residential status of a taxpayer is worked out on the basis of tenure of his physical stay in India during the Financial Year.
For tax purpose all tax payers are classified into two broad categories based on their period for which they were physically present … Read more
It is a misconception that person’s tax liabilities end with his life. Filing an income tax return (ITR) is mandatory if your income is taxable. But, it’s not only the living who are required to pay their taxes. ITR for deceased person also needs to be filed in case where a person dies and had taxable income. It is common that after the death of the taxpayer, family members often concentrate only on the debts, investments, savings accounts, insurance and transfer of estates of the deceased and ignore the taxation aspect.
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Investing a little time and thought into process of filing Income tax return (ITR) can allow you to claim deductions you might have missed, while submitting your investment declarations.
- Savings account interest: Your savings account is credited every quarter with interest on amount it holds at the end of quarter, this amount earned by you as interest is considered as part of your total income. However, the income tax (I-T) department, under Section 80TTA, allows exemption of up to INR 10,000 on this interest. Interest earned on post office savings will also be treated similarly.
- Rent exemption without HRA: Many
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July 31st is the last day for filing an Income Tax Return (ITR). Most people regard this task as a burden, but filing an ITR filing of Return – on time is an extremely important tool to create your financial history. When you file your tax returns every year, you manage to maintain your financial record with the tax department. This financial / tax history is positively viewed and auspiciously utilized by most agencies with whom you may need to interact at times. It will help you to be in the good books of the financial institutions such as banks, … Read more
ESOP refers to an option given to employees of a company to purchase shares of the company, in return of his dedicated services to the company, at a future date at a pre-determined price. Employees have to wait for a certain duration before they can exercise the right to purchase the shares. This duration is termed as vesting period.
It is a frequently used incentive system practiced by many organizations. It has been majorly used by start-up Firms. It is a common practice among organizations to reward employees excelling at their work by giving ESOPs as a part of the … Read more
Under the Income-tax Act, penalties are levied for various defaults committed by the taxpayer. Some of the penalties are mandatory and a few are at the discretion of the tax authorities. In this part, you can gain knowledge about the provisions relating to various penalties leviable under the Income-tax Act.
As per the Union List in the Constitution of India, the Central Government has the power to levy a tax on any income other than agricultural income, which is defined in Section 10(1) of the Income Tax Act, 1961, which is the charging statute of income tax in … Read more
New requirements in ITR
1. Additional disclosure requirements for Ind AS Compliant Companies.
2. Fees for late filing of return [Section 234F].
3. There is a requirement to furnish a break-up of salary. Require more details of house property income.
4. Additional details to be furnished by taxpayers opting for presumptive scheme such as amount of secured/unsecured loans, advances, fixed assets, capital account etc.
Further, new ITR 4 seeks GSTR no. of the assessee and turnover as per GST return filed by him.
5. Transfer of TDS Credit to Other Person.
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Tax Changes effective from 1 April 2018 (FY 2018-19)
- Penalty on late filing of ITR upto Rs.10,000
- Reduction in time limit to revise ITR, to be done in same assessment year
- No ITR can be filed after the assessment year
- Transport allowance and medical reimbursement to employees are taxable
- Standard deduction of Rs. 40,000 to salaried assesses
- Hike in cess from 3% to 4%
- Levy of Long Term Capital Gain Tax (LTCG) on shares and equity mutual funds
- Senior citizens (above 60 years) interest income exempted to Rs.50,000. TDS on interest for senior citizen will be deducted only if interest
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Paying taxes and filing tax returns go hand in hand. There has been an increase in the number of tax notices sent by authorities in the recent years. The rise is not necessarily due to lack of paying taxes or filing returns, but because the tax authorities are now equipped with an integrated database on taxpayers which allows them to track almost all financial transactions.
Third Parties like Bank, Mutual Fund companies, companies issuing shares, bonds, debentures and real-estate related sub-registrar offices report high value financial transactions to the IT department through the Annual Information Return (AIR).
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The Union budget was presented to the Parliament on 1 February 2018 by the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. It was highly anticipated, since it was the first budget after the implementation of Goods and Service Tax (GST) in India. The budget included the annual financial statement and the finance bill of India for the financial year 2018-19.
- Direct Tax Collections for FY 2017-18 are at Rs 6.56 lakh, which shows a growth of 18.2% up to December, 2017. As many as 85.51 lakh new taxpayers filed their tax returns in 2016-17, as against 66.26 lakhs in 2015-16.
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